DOH to change virus reporting this week

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Posted at Jul 07 2020 12:03 PM

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The Department of Health said Tuesday it would change its system of reporting the tally of coronavirus cases this week.

From July 10, the agency will no longer classify cases as "fresh" meaning results were released in the last 3 days, or "late" or those with results older than 3 days, said Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.

Instead, the DOH "will be highlighting the active cases instead of the cumulative number" and will present the epidemiological curve or timeline of the onset of illness, she said.

"We should highlight the active cases because these are the remaining cases that we need to monitor, that we need to manage," she told ANC.

The health department on Tuesday confirmed a record-high jump in "fresh cases" or those whose results were released in the last 3 days, which brought the total tally to 46,333.

Local cases of the COVID-19 may surpass the 100,000-mark by the end of August, an expert from the University of the Philippines said.

Watch Vergeire's full interview here.

ANC, July 7, 2020